No Support After Prenatal Testing Results

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No Support After Prenatal Testing Results
Tue, 08-20-2013 - 3:00pm

Huffington Post brings up a very good point about the pre-natal testing that is done for DS, that although advances are being made in the tests, they aren't being made in the doctor's office.  Women who find out their baby has DS are not getting addtional support they need to deal with the results: 

After getting her test results, Weathers was certain she wouldn't terminate her pregnancy, but she didn't entirely accept it, either -- and she had no guidance from the medical community to help her.

"Nobody offered anything. Nobody told me about any resources," said Weathers, who only received the services of a genetic counselor once she was in the delivery room. "I had to do all of that on my own."

She said she felt completely different during her second pregnancy than she did during her first. She never sang to her unborn daughter, the way she had with her son. She never talked to her. Some days, she wished the baby would just pass away on her own.

She admits she was in need of counseling. The added support may have helped her overcome these feelings.

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What needs to happen so that support can catch up to the advancements in testing?